|Creag Bheag from
|Estimated net time||1-1½ hours|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (May 2014).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the car park in Kingussie.|
|Start height||235 metres|
|Vertical metres||275 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||4.1 km|
From the centre of the town Kingussie, on road A86, off road A9 between Newtonmore and Aviewmore in the Scottish Highland, take the road "Gynack Road" on the west side of the rive. This is right next to The Duke Hotel, and you will see a sign for a free car park. Drive 100 metres and turn left onto the car park, and park at the far corner.
Start your hike by following a path behind the building with toilettes. Follow this path 120 metres, up to a road. Turn right and follow the road 140 metres. Continue straight ahead on a forest road when the road turns right, and then turn left onto a path after another 60 metres. Follow this path west and then north/north-west up to the summit area. According to the maps there are two point with the same altitude along the wide summit ridge; one is 215 metres north (right) of the small pass the path comes up to, and the other (which is likely to be slightly higher) is 100 metres south (left). Visit both to make sure you've bagged the highest point.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
04. May 2014
After having hiked Geal-charn and A' Mharconaich earlier in the day, and then driven up to Newtonmore and found myself a hotel, I decided to go for an easy evening walk. Creag Bheag was an obvious candidate, and I had an easy and fairly nice hike before I headed back to the hotel for dinner and a pint of heavy (I actually ordered an 80-shilling but the young girl in the bar didn't understand what kind of beer that was).